News from the SHRM Foundation

Updated Volunteer Resources  

We've updated our resources page to provide step-by-step advice to SHRM state council and chapter volunteer leaders to support their work to educate their communities about the SHRM Foundation.

Included are fundraising tools and ideas, templates to communicate the SHRM Foundation's mission and resources to consider when planning a local volunteer event. You will also find updated checklists to align your efforts with the goals and priorities of your state council or chapter.  


Each year, the SHRM Foundation recognizes the Top 10 Fundraising SHRM State Councils and Top 25 Fundraising SHRM Chapters that raise the highest total yearly contributions in support of the SHRM Foundation’s mission. 

In 2017, the SHRM Foundation’s annual campaign raised more than $1 million for the fifth year in a row, with more than $650,000 raised by SHRM state councils and chapters. As a 501(c)(3) charity, the work of the SHRM Foundation is only possible thanks to the generous support received from individuals, organizations—such as state councils and chapters—and corporations.

To learn more about the top fundraisers or the state council and chapter Foundation Champion awards, visit our recognition webpage. 

TOp Fundraising List 

The SHRM Foundation has created a handy checklist for HR professionals and students who are applying for any scholarship, whether its a SHRM certification, one of the foundation’s academic scholarships or a graduate student award.  

Most scholarship applications involve three parts: a resume, an essay and recommendation letters. We offer advice on tackling all three components and remind applicants of some of the most common pitfalls, including forgetting to proofread!

For more information about scholarship and award deadlines, make sure to visit the SHRM Foundation deadlines page. 


We know that HR professionals are on the front line of hiring and retention. And we know that empowered HR professionals are the key to building inclusive organizations, especially for military veterans.  

That's why the SHRM Foundation is focused on providing solutions and scholarships to help HR professionals build inclusive organizations. In early 2017, the Foundation launched a new initiative to make a measurable impact on the hiring and retention of military veterans. This year, the Foundation award more than 20 scholarships to veterans and those dedicated to veteran hiring; hosted a day-long summit to advance the discussion of veteran hiring and retention with corporate, non-profit, and government thought leaders; and began creating projects and programs to be rolled out in 2018. 

​We are proud to honor veterans, especially on Veterans Day. 

Cecilia (Cici) Clark is an Army veteran who helps fellow veterans transform their military service into civilian success with NextOp, Inc. Since 2015, Cici and the NextOp team have helped more than 850 veterans find jobs in Texas and Louisiana.

Earlier this year, we awarded Cici with a scholarship to attend her first SHRM's Annual Conference & Exposition. At the conference and during the SHRM Foundation's annual luncheon, Cici shared her personal story her experience in the military, the person who help her become a leader, and how HR professionals can make an impact on the hiring and retention of military veterans.




We’re excited to announce that SHRM Foundation has been awarded a 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized evaluator of charities. SHRM Foundation is being recognized for exceeding industry expectations and conveying a strong commitment to financial accountability. SHRM Foundation is among the quarter of charities rated to have received this distinction and is proud to continue to empower HR professionals to build inclusive organizations.  


NEW VETERAN SUMMIT VIDEO FROM HIRING AMERICAIntegrating and Engaging Military Veterans Summit video

What did the Veteran Summit accomplish? How will the SHRM Foundation impact the veteran community?

Watch this short video describing the work of the summit and the work that is yet to come to empower HR professionals to hire, retain and engage military veteran employees.

The SHRM Foundation is committed to providing HR professionals with cause-based solutions that help them use their skills for good. For more information about the Summit read the article, Groups Join Forces to Improve Veteran Hiring and Retention on Associations Now website. If you would like to be a part of the Integrating and Engaging Military Veterans initiative please contact the SHRM Foundation at


As part of our new mission to build more inclusive organizations, the SHRM Foundation has developed a number of resources on the Aging Workforce. We've recently created a short introductory video (just 1.26 minutes) to help you and your members learn more about this topic.

This video highlights some quick tips for supporting mature workers and helping them contribute more fully to your organization. 

It's an excellent introduction to our Aging Workforce Initiative, and we encourage you to share the video at an upcoming chapter or state council meeting, and on social media. Visit our Aging Workforce page
to learn more.

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